It’s been a while since I’ve done a Canadian Artisan feature, and so with the start of September I thought it perfect timing to have a look at another talented Canadian.

I am thrilled to introduce you to Turn A New Leaf Designs!

From her workshop and home in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Tracey Marsh has a fabulous collection of eco-friendly items for mama and baby. Included in her lineup are upcycled wool longies, organic hemp diapers (both fitted and AIO), hemp nursing pads, and a selection of baby bedding made from organic cotton and wool.

I bought a couple of hemp diapers for Mausi before she was born; one newborn fitted diaper and 2 one-size fitteds. She still wears the one-size fitteds now, nearly 2 years later, and we are very pleased with them!

I asked Tracey a few questions…

Little Wool Maus: How did you first get started making diapers and covers?

Tracey: I started my business in 2005 making organic hemp/cotton and wool filled bedding. I was making futons, sheet sets, duvets and pillows. I started custom orders making crib bedding and quickly realized that the fabrics I was using had so many benefits for babies. I was asked to make some hemp diapers and I was hooked. Both my children wore cloth diapers and at the time, hemp diapers were hard to come by. I designed my diapers around what I liked and did not like with the diapers I had used with my own children. After a few years of producing cloth diapers and inserts, I started up my Esty shop and discovered the world of recycled wool. Hooked again, I dove in making soakers, wool wraps and longies.

Little Wool Maus: What is your favourite item to make?

Tracey: I enjoy all my wool covers the most. From picking out wool sweaters at thrift stores to designing what comes from each sweater. I cut into them and the pieces transform. The only patterns I use is the playground wool longies and my favorite (wool wraps). Everything else is free style made. I feel free to be creative when making recycled wool covers. I started needle felting on some and enjoy this process. It’s something I can do with my children as I work.

Little Wool Maus: What are you most looking forward to now that the season is slowly changing to autumn?

Tracey: Most years I look forward to making more wool longies as this is the season people start stocking up on them. The colors I use for Fall are by far my favorite, Earth tones, orange, reds, greens, browns,etc…
However, this year is much different, I am having my 3rd baby in November, so I am looking forward to nesting. We live far off the beaten road in the forest and winter here can get you snowed in for days. Autumn here this year is preparing every detail needed before our new bundle arrives. Aside from that, Fall here in Cape Breton is known throughout the world as “the place to be”. The Celtic Colors Festival starts soon and the beauty of the mountains and changing leaves are breathtaking. The forest around us transforms into a magical place. I can’t wait.

Tracey also writes about herself, her family and preparing for a new baby on her Turn A New Leaf blog.


Tracey has generously offered 1 hemp contour diaper and 6 oval washcloths as a giveaway!


This giveaway is open to Canadian and US readers. To be entered into the giveaway, please leave a comment here. For an additional entry subscribe to Little Wool Maus via e-mail and then leave a comment stating you have, and for a second additional entry tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with a link to your tweet.

This giveaway will end, and comments will close September 19th (Monday) at 10pm EST. The winner will be selected by random number and announced here Tuesday morning.

Tracey’s etsy shop will be closing sometime in the next few weeks, and will be closed for a couple of months as she welcomes the new addition to her family.

Many thanks go to Tracey Marsh from Turn A New Leaf Designs!

Comments are now closed!

The winner is: Amanda Boerst


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73 Responses to Canadian Artisan :: Turn A New Leaf Designs {Interview & Giveaway!}

  1. Crissy Terrio says:

    I would love to win a wool diaper 🙂

  2. Mary says:

    Awesome stuff!

  3. Jason says:

    I know a baby who these hemp diapers would look great on!

  4. Megan says:

    These look lovely. My favourite diapers are hemp.

  5. Maryrose says:

    I just had little girl. She is stuck in Grand River Hospital. Hopefully have here home in the next week or so. Looking forward to starting with cloth diapers.

  6. Samuel says:

    Pick me, I would like the oval washcloths!

  7. Serena Gerlach says:

    I would love to be entered 🙂

  8. Rachael says:

    Sounds yummy! I subscribed to your email too!

  9. Lorena says:

    I’m due in November as well, so I better get an order into Tracey’s etsy shop now!

    I also subscribed to your email!

  10. Mama says:

    I would love to win! 🙂

  11. jen says:

    Especially LOVE the wool longies – beautiful & so unique. I’d love to try the hemp contour on my new babe!

  12. Julie B. says:

    I would LOVE to try out this diaper and washcloth set!! We are expecting a new addition soon too!

  13. The diaper looks so soft and squishy and I am still trying to build my wipes stash so they would be perfect.

  14. I subscribed via my blog email addy!!!!

  15. Tiffany says:

    Lovely diapers! We’re about to have baby #3 (maybe even girl #3??), and are always in need of diapers AND washcloths, since the oldest is not yet 4 years old. Cute stuff. 🙂

  16. heather stevens says:

    this is a great giveaway!

  17. heather stevens says:

    i subscribe via email

  18. Bao says:

    I would love to win this!! Thank you!!

  19. Holly says:

    *Love* this shop! Just placed my second order a few days ago. The diapers and longies are fantastic 🙂

  20. Erin says:

    I love the longies, so cute! I realize now with the cooler weather that we need to do some longie shopping- I am visiting the etsy shop 🙂
    Some diapers would be great and cloths are always needed.
    ps- I am subscribing to your blog via email too.

  21. Chris says:

    Great blog!
    The diaper and washcloths both look so nice.
    I’ve subscribed to your email too.

  22. Sunnie says:

    I would try a hemp diaper.

  23. Amanda Boerst says:

    Thank you so much for this great giveaway!

  24. Amanda Boerst says:

    I subscribed!

  25. domestic diva says:

    Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

    These would be great for my little one.

  26. Carrie says:

    I am very excited to try cloth diapers for my little one who should be coming sometime around Oct 14th!

  27. PennyMindingMom says:

    I love the wash cloths! The diaper too looks fab. Great to see another Atlantic Canada business!

    pennymindingmom (at) hotmail (dot) ca

  28. PennyMindingMom says:

    Subscribed to email!

    pennymindingmom (at) hotmail (dot) ca

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  30. Diana bradford Hatch says:

    Great giveaway! I would love to win!

  31. Diana says:

    I’d love to pass these on to my friend who would love to try cloth diapers but can’t afford them. thanks.

  32. The Knapps says:

    This would be great for our little boy due in a few months…would love to try these 🙂

  33. Heidi Daily says:

    I would love to win this!!!

  34. Rachel says:

    Thank you for offering such a wonderful giveaway!

  35. Rachel says:

    subscribed via email

  36. Tiffany says:

    I love my hemp diapers – we use them for overnights.

  37. Heather Lovell says:

    Would love to win this for my niece.

  38. Daiva says:

    I’d love to win! Thanks!

  39. Vanessa says:

    I’ve never tried wool and I’d love to! momlovesdeals at gmail dot com

  40. Christina anne says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway:) annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

  41. Christina anne says:

    I subscribed to your email. annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

  42. Christina anne says:!/wowtotweet/status/115852145743503361 link to my tweet about your giveaway. annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

  43. latanya says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. latanya says:

    email subscriber

  45. Aimee says:

    Super cool ideas! Thanks for the Giveaway!

  46. Rachel R. says:

    These are cute, thanks for the chance to win!

  47. stacy h says:

    we love wool and hemp!! <3 best materials ever for cloth diapering =)

    hancoci_s at msn dot com

  48. stacy h says:

    i get your emails!

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  49. Avrora Davidovna says:

    These are beautiful, they look so soft and comfortable!

  50. Ashley says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. sarah w says:

    i love how simple these products are. no loud colors or patterns.

  52. C Hulsey says:

    I am so glad I found this giveaway on Tight Wad in Utah! I especially enjoyed reading the interview with the artisan! Thanks so much for this post and the giveaway.
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  53. C Hulsey says:

    I subscribed to your e-mails.
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  54. nicole w says:

    id love to win, her stuff looks amazing!!

  55. DAYLE BUTLER says:

    As we are having a new baby boy soon in our family would love to give the new “MOMMIE”
    these amazing sounding hemp diapers.
    They look so well designed and comfortable
    for a little one.Great giveaway too.

  56. becca p. says:

    would love to win! thx for this giveaway!

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  59. Sarah W says:

    We would love to try this!


  60. Sara Myrick says:

    I would love to win one of these great diapers for my little belly bean on the way!